Three Arab siblings killed in Langkawi crash
UPDATED @ 10:16:37 PM 30-06-2012
LANGKAWI, June 30 — A taxi driver and three Arab siblings were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with a cement-laden lorry in Jalan Ayer Hangat here this afternoon.
The deceased were Zubir Ibrahim, 42, from Kampung Bohor Merah, Mukim Ayer Hangat here; Mohammad Maysra Abdul Hameed, 18 and his sisters, Miriam, 26 and Alaa, 16.
They died on the spot in the 4pm crash which occurred near a garbage dump in Belanga Pecah, Kuah.
Initial police investigations revealed the taxi had failed to overtake a vehicle before colliding with the lorry.
Based on their travel documents, Mohammad held Sudanese citizenship while his sisters were United Kingdom citizens who studied at a private university in the Klang Valley.
Langkawi police chief Supt Harith Kam Abdullah said the siblings arrived in Langkawi on June 25, and were expected to leave the island on July 2.
Speaking to reporters at the Langkawi Hospital here, he said a statement was recorded from the 44-year-old lorry driver who escaped unhurt.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department said a team of nine firemen, including the department chief, spent about an hour recovering the bodies from the wrecked taxi.
The bodies were sent to the Langkawi Hospital.
Zubir is survived by widow Rashidah Saad, 42, and three children aged between three and 17.
Rashidah said Zubir would be buried at the Bohor Merah mosque at 11pm tonight. — Bernama